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    There may not be a resolution for this but figured I would ask. I am working in excel 2007 and have created a drop down list using data validation. My question is how do you keep the dropdown icon visible? The user does not know a dropdown list is available unless they click on the cell. Is there a way for it to be shown at all times whether the user clicks on the cell or not?

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    No, I'm afraid not. You would have to use an actual combobox control for that.
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    Y,

    What I would do is to either give the cell a unique background color/shading or border. You could create an Auto_Exec() macro that would display a message on startup to remind the user what indicates a cell with a drop down. Sorry but that's the only thing I can come up with.
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    As a matter of interest, why does a user need to know the dropdown is there, if they are not in that cell?
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    R,

    I have no idea. A co-worker asked, so I figured I would pose the question on the lounge. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Y,

    What I would do is to either give the cell a unique background color/shading or border. You could create an Auto_Exec() macro that would display a message on startup to remind the user what indicates a cell with a drop down. Sorry but that's the only thing I can come up with.
    I format mine so they kinda look like buttons. You know, Lighter gray borders on the top and left side, thicker darker gray borders on the right and bottom side. Gray fill.
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